AT FIRST FLIGHT
by Sean
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Spoon - "Don't You Evah". The first few times I listened to Spoon's new record, an album called Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (these are, as Mike Powell has sagely pointed out, a baby's first 5 words), I thought that this song was addressed to a person called Evah. Don't you, Evah. Don't you dare. And I was very jealous of this Evah. To have a song like this dedicated to her: a song of jerk and handclap, of leap and slide. A song with a guitar solo that sounds like the electric guitar sprang up from the floor and played itself.

I stood in line with the multitudes at NYC's Port Authority, grimy white-tile & humid, waiting to leave the myriad harbour, listening to this song on my headphones and feeling the floor squeak under my shoes. It was almost one a.m. and everyone but the bootleg DVD seller looked pissed off and sweaty. We were staring at each-other bug-eyed, like children on a bus. All eyes were on eveyrbody. Me I was listening to "Don't You Evah" and panging in my heart with envy for the girl called Evah, wondering whether if I found her I could date her, and I was actually dancing there in line. I felt the urge - oh man i kinda want to dance - and then I made the conscious choice - oh fuck it i don't know anyone here - and then I began. It was a modest dance, hopefully not too obnoxious. Under scowling New Yorker scrutiny, in little movements, wrists and toes, like a man in snowshoes or like a general who's retired, like a cat on a saturday, trying to live my life through in small slip steps, to do as Britt Daniel instructs and not evah, not evah attempt to cheat death.

[buy Spoon's exemplary Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, which reminds me more of the wit & rock of The Beatles ca. White Album and Let It Be than any album I can recall in the past 15 years]


Konie - "History/Science". A song about a guy who is going to cease his moping, forsake his carping, dismiss every distraction in favour of Learning Stuff about Stuff. He'll develop machines for playing these guitar riffs, derive formulas for selecting the snippets of archival sound, determine the optimal dance-moves for his skinny-jeaned legs. He'll run the whole thing on a grapefruit, electrodes plunged deep, a traveling rock'n'roll show that's powered by citrus.

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Anyone within leaping distance of Paris: La Blogothèque will host its first ever Soirée on July 30th, and it's a show that's just about worth flying across the ocean for. The lineup's not yet been made public but they are giving us short little teaser-tastes, the first of which is now online...

Blogothèque/Take-Away Shows' filmmaker of record, Vincent Moon, is also looking for recommendations of the world's most amazing music festivals. Events like Guca, Gnaoua, ATP... If you have any tips, particularly in South America or Asia, please get in touch with him.

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Last week the art/design blog It's Nice That invited me to recommend a couple things and share some of my own work. So I talked about a zine and an artist I like, and I also wrote a short story called "FRESH FLOWERS, AND CINNAMON," or "JOEY FRIEDMAN'S GIRLFRIEND". It's about how heartbreak doesn't explain itself. (Thank you Anna, Jez and Will.)

[Ink drawing by Guilherme Kramer]

Posted by Sean at July 16, 2007 12:38 AM
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i love the new spoon too, but i couldn't help but feel a little disappointed when i discovered that "don't you evah" is a cover of a song by the natural history.

Posted by george at July 16, 2007 11:33 AM

If Destroyed Still True sounds intriguing. I clicked on the link; however, I didn't see a way to purchase an issue. I'll admit I'm not computer savvy, but perhaps you can guide me in the right direction? Betsy Walton is brilliant and I'll never eat Walnuts & Pecans again without thinking of you (which almost sounds perverted, but I hope you know what I mean *cough*). Fabulous story. OH!...and beautiful music selections, per usual. I agree that Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga is a superb album. I've never heard Konie before so that was a tasty treat. :)

Posted by robin at July 16, 2007 7:20 PM

thanks, robin. You can order a copy just by sending PayPal to paypal AT jinxremoving DOT org. It's £2.28 for 1 (or £2.80 for 2) if you're in North America, including shipping. (All this is at the jinxremoving.org site.) Do order one.

george - I'd feel worse if I knew the original version, but I don't. Does anyone?

Posted by Sean at July 16, 2007 7:31 PM

i don't think the original version of "don't you evah" exists. i think it was intended for an album that was never recorded.

Posted by george at July 17, 2007 10:52 AM

Love the site. It's rare to find writing that matches the music.
One thing about Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga--I thought it was about a baby's first words as well. I recently read that it's supposed to be the sound a child makes when pretending to shoot a machine gun: GaGaGaGaGa! Since I've learned of this--I've been doing this non-stop for the last several days and it's a blast. GaGaGaGaGa!

Posted by izzy at July 17, 2007 12:20 PM

So it's a cover of a song that doesn't exist ?

Posted by garrincha at July 17, 2007 12:36 PM

Spoon's song's great. Thanks to the Gramophone, best blog ever ;)

Posted by Ellis at July 17, 2007 1:35 PM

I guess I'm the last one to come to the Spoon party. I also listened to "The Underdog" on another site yesterday. They're solid.

Posted by Bob at July 18, 2007 1:34 PM

I think this is my favorite Spoon post ever. Evah.
=)
Thank you, Said the Gramophone - you rock. By the way, your Best of the Year post for 2006 was genius as well.

Posted by th' little spoon at July 19, 2007 2:04 AM

Sean--
Loved the story. I know I am late to this, but just wanted to let you know.

Posted by bryan at October 14, 2007 8:07 PM

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